I’m giving myself some illustration assignments in order to ‘step outside my comfort zone’. (Never thought I was going to use this phrase, but that’s because of those zones, I guess.) First task: make a drawing with a person in it, because I always avoid drawing people. It’s time to get rid of that ridiculous habit of saying: “I can’t.”
I chose to draw myself in a funny situation last week: I was forced to ride on Jeroen’s way to small bike, while my own bike was broken. It felt like riding on a childrensbike, with my knees up in my neck. On top of it, it started raining when I was just halfway between home and work. I felt very unhappy, so far from my comfort zone.
Result of the assignment: I like the image and I’m thrilled I finally draw a human! The bike is still a bit bigger than the one I had in mind. I still have to push myself a bit further out of that ‘zone’..
Another lesson learned: As I was coulouring the illustration, I was confronted with my boring choice of clothing: black coat, black tights, black shoes, black gloves, with a subtle darkgreen scarf. Without using my ‘artistic freedom’ the illustration would have looked like this:
I really have to do something about that choice of colour in real life! (Another comfort zone to challenge..) And I LOVE the orange shoes, where can I buy these?